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2011 Super Security Fleets

How are installing security company owners and operators managing their vehicle fleets in the face of unprecedented economic pressures and pain at the pump? SSI’s first Super Security Fleets study exposes the answers with input collected from hundreds of respondents throughout the industry.

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Motor vehicles have always been central to the business of security systems sales and installation. However, their impact on operational costs has never been more prominent following an extended period of economic pressures and, more recently, record-high gasoline prices. These factors make SSI‘s 2011 Super Security Fleets study — the industry’s first comprehensive project of its kind — especially timely and valuable.

The research covers a multitude of considerations and challenges, including fleet sizes, vehicle brands and types, fuel usage and alternatives, GPS and other technologies, insurance, leasing vs. purchasing, and more. Nearly 400 company fleet managers and other supervisors or owners involved in making vehicle purchase decisions participated. The survey was conducted earlier this year by Bobit Business Media Research and has a margin of error of approximately 5 percent with a 95-percent confidence level. In other words, the data is reasonably accurate and reliable.

Among the findings: fuel economy is the top fleet concern (see “In Depth” report), but “greenness” is a low priority; GM and Ford vehicles are more than twice as prevalent as any other make; more than four of five vehicles are purchased as opposed to leased; two-thirds of vehicles are permitted to be kept at employees’ homes; and more then four in 10 installation/service vehicles are equipped with GPS systems. Leading it all off is SSI‘s first Top 25 Security Fleets ranking.

View SSI‘s Top 25 Security Fleets.

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Business Management · Features · Fleet Management · Industry Research · Security Fleets Study · Top 25 Security Fleets · All Topics

About the Author
Scott Goldfine
Scott joined SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION in October 1998 and has distinguished himself by producing award-winning, exemplary work. His editorial achievements have included blockbuster articles featuring major industry executives, such as Tyco Electronic Products Group Managing Director Gerry Head; Protection One President/CEO Richard Ginsburg; former Brink’s Home Security President/CEO Peter Michel; GE Interlogix President/CEO Ken Boyda; Bosch Security Systems President/CEO Peter Ribinski; and former SecurityLink President/CEO Jim Covert. Scott, who is an NTS Certified alarm technician, has become a respected and in-demand speaker at security industry events, including presentations at the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) Annual Meeting; California Alarm Association (CAA) Summer and Winter Conferences; PSA Security Network Conference; International Security Conference and Exhibition (ISC); and Security Industry Association (SIA) Forum. Scott often acts as an ambassador to mainstream media and is a participant in several industry associations. His previous experience as a cable-TV technician/installer and running his own audio company -- along with a lifelong fascination with electronics and computers -- prepared Scott well for his current position. Since graduating in 1986 with honors from California State University, Northridge with a degree in Radio-Television- Film, his professional endeavors have encompassed magazines, radio, TV, film, records, teletext, books, the Internet and more. In 2005, Scott captured the prestigious Western Publisher Maggie Award for Best Interview/Profile Trade for "9/11 Hero Tells Tale of Loses, Lessons," his October 2004 interview with former FDNY Commander Richard Picciotto, the last man to escape the Ground Zero destruction alive.
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